The Story Between Borders
Sometimes there are some immigrants that will make the trip and other times there are those who won’t, but in the end it’s all a gamble. Crossing the border is different for each person crossing, and in this story, a character will have a reason to want to cross the border, making it relatable to the issue we talked in class about immigration, and what can possibly drive someone to gamble away at their life by crossing the border.
Living in their apartment in Mexicali, the community of people were mostly inhabited by immigrants. Ojeda introduces that “Mexicali houses 33% of Baja California’s population, which, totals 2.1 million inhabitants” (Ojeda). Either starting a new life or working in one of the industries, immigrants were in Mexicali making a living off of being there. Also by doing that, it caused the population to rise.
Their parents left them five years ago, in search of possible family and opportunities in Arizona, but haven’t contacted them since they left. I noticed Mexican immigration has never been spread evenly among the fifty United States. Which led to me wondering why? In Draud’s study he shows “historically, a few key states, mostly in the southwest, has attracted a large majority of immigrants from Mexico. Especially, the four states, on geography scale (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas) has importance to the border and the people” [sic] (Draud 1-15). This probably attracted Pablo and Luis’ parents. Something about these states has something they’re attached to, like a remembrance of home in Mexicali.
To embark on this quest, Pablo willingly took the chance to find his family, even though it was dangerous. So dangerous it became this “way of life” Nevins states opposing to the chances people took “In many ways, migrant deaths have become a way of life in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and, more broadly, in the intersections between ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds” (Nevins 169). People that choose to migrate from their country, they have the same passion as Pablo, but they’ll suffer possible death by taking a chance in pursuing a new life across the border.
Their migration and hard work represent a sacrifice of everyday comforts for the sake of their children and their children’s future” (Dreby 1-10). For the sake of their children, it caused Pablo and Luis, more suffering and struggling to live a life without their parents. People that choose to migrate from their country, they have the same passion as Pablo, but suffer possible death by taking a chance in pursuing a new life across the border. One of the things this goes over is the different factors, Mexicans would want to cross the border. Is it the individual’s choice to move voluntarily, or in many cases, are they forced because the individual risk something if they stay.
Very often, people consider and prefer opportunities closer to their location than similar opportunities farther away. In the same vein, people often like to move to places with better cultural, political, climatic and general terrain in closer locations than locations further away. It is rare to find people move over very long distances to settle in places that they have little knowledge of.
When parents leave, children and other dependents suffer the most, as they lose out on the important psychological development that they need from good parenting. Many of the children are exposed to social vices at an early age, because there is no parental control. People and families are allowed to make their own judgments into their living conditions, in relation to the general living standards of the communities in which they live. Migration brings both positive and negative impacts on the destination country. Thus, creating solutions or problems to the country. In the end it’s all a gamble. Crossing the border is different for each person who crosses, and in this story, that character will have a reason to want to cross the border, but the question to that is why would he need to cross the border? What can it possibly be?